Health and safety tips for visitors to Africa.
You need to let us know when you book if there are any long term or chronic medical problems that you suffer from. When you are on tour you can not just assume that if you feel sick it will pass. Your overland crew are experienced in dealing with a variety of tropical diseases but are not doctors. If you are feeling ill then you must tell them immediately. The overland crew know the correct procedures to follow to get you to the nearest medical centre. If you are feeling sick when you arrive back in your home country then inform your local doctor and tell them where in Africa you have travelled.
You could be visited by the 'upset tummy' bug at some stage during your overland tour. If food seems to go out as quickly as it goes in then make sure you drink plenty of liquids, use re-hydration salts and stay on dry food for a couple of days. It is very easy for that nasty bug to go around the whole group and hygiene plays a very important role. Always wash your hands after having gone to the toilet, wash your hands before touching any food and do not share water bottles.
General Safety Tips on your Overland Tour
If you are on a guided Africa Overland tour your chances of encountering problems are minimal. Tour operators make it their business to know the areas they travel in thus reducing risk to travellers. However, it is sensible to take normal precautions on your African safari, particularly when travelling through urban areas.
Travel Documents / Money
Always have a photocopy of your passport and any visas. Also, have a list of traveller’s cheque numbers and the purchase receipt. These copies should be packed separately from the originals. It is never a good idea to carry large amounts of cash and most urban centres (hotels, shops) accept debit and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard and any debit card with the Maestro or Cirrus logo are most common), and traveller’s cheques. You will usually need local cash for purchases at local markets – keep this in a travel wallet, or a zip pocket.
Never leave cameras and hand luggage unattended whether in a vehicle or even in a hotel foyer. Never pack valuables (including medication) in your check-in luggage.
When travelling independently on your Africa overland tour, stay informed in terms of the local news. Ask at your hotel about any unsafe areas, and codes of dress and behaviour. Don’t openly carry valuables. If you must carry your passport and money keep them in a buttoned-down front pocket.
Your guide will always do a safety talk with you whether your game viewing is to be done from a vehicle or on foot. Wildlife is potentially dangerous but as long as you adhere to what you guide tells you there is very little to worry about. At viewpoints, hides and camps, wildlife is more familiar with people and less intimidated by your presence. Never tease or corner wild animals - this may cause an unpredictable response and a potentially dangerous reaction. Never feed any animals, as this can cause them to lose their fear of humans.
Although Africa is known to be home to a number of potentially dangerous species - especially snakes, scorpions, spiders, and some nasty insects - very few visitors are adversely affected. Snakes tend to be shy and generally stay away from built-up areas. Lodges and camps often have insect (especially mosquito) proofing in their rooms and tents have built in protection. If you go on a walk, it is always a good idea to wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes, socks, and long trousers – just as a precaution.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com16 Aug 2011
Hi Leonard; we have a range of family trips available where the youngest person allowed to participate is 6 years of age; however this is restricted to Southern Africa. Browse through all our trips and you can can inquire through the website; one of our consultants will then get back to you! Cheers.
- Leonard16 Aug 2011
What about a 8 year old and 12 year old child going on this type of trip? Do you recommend it?
- Dayne - OverlandingAfrica.com21 Dec 2010
Hi Eric; I suggest you contact the British Embassy in Cotonou for accurate information on visa requirements for residents of Benin.Cheers
- Eric Douglas19 Dec 2010
How much would it cost for a Benin resident to obtain a passport and visa for a 90 day visit to the UK?
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com20 Sep 2010
Hi Denny; Generally you have access to the internet at twice once a week on this trip. Good idea NOT to bring the laptop :). Happy trails!
- Denny 15 Sep 2010
We are considering your 26 day Table Mountain to Kruger tour. I pay bills; and do some business on the internet. While I fully understand we will be in the bush for almost all of the time; is there ANY opportunity to get internet access? Internet access even once during the trip would help. Thanks; Denny PS I am NOT bringing my laptop on the tour.
- Dayne - Overlanding Africa.com10 May 2010
Hi Mandy; To check what vaccination your require it is best to check with your nearest travel clinic or tropical disease center as they will be best able to advise you on inoculations relating to the destination you are traveling to. Cheers Dayne
- mandy08 May 2010
We are going to Tunisia in August can you tell me what vaccinations we will need?
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